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Sikorsky Reviews

Updated February 16, 2015
Updated February 16, 2015
65 Reviews
3.0
65 Reviews
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Sikorsky President Mick Maurer
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Sikorsky (and UTC) creates a learning culture and puts their money behind it with a very generous Employee Scholar Program (in 20 reviews)

  • I have been told that the Employee Scholar Program and stock award program has been limited lately (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance: is always on the horizon; there seems an innate inability to eliminate bureaucracy (in 10 reviews)

  • Pay raises are very poor and no adjustment for cost of living (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Tough to be a female and get anywhere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sikorsky

    Pros

    Really great company with great parent - UTC. Great benefits

    Cons

    Male oriented and as long as you know your place as a female you can work just do not challenge the good ole boys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Very Stable PLace to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sikorsky

    Pros

    The pay is very good and there are alot of summer intern programs and lunchs.

    Cons

    Some of the manufacturing employees are low energy and dont do alot of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great first job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sikorsky full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The employee scholar program is the best program available, the product we make is unmatched in how cool it really is, interns get paid well and have the opportunity to join full-time

    Cons

    Communication is terrible throughout, employees aren't able to express their creativity, union v. salary issues, need to be very proactive and change jobs to move up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    OK Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sikorsky

    Pros

    it was close to home

    Cons

    Management, Hours, Engineering, Work/ Life balance, and that's it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great people, stifling workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - IT Intern in Stratford, CT
    Former Intern - IT Intern in Stratford, CT

    I worked at Sikorsky as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    There was a lot of opportunity for personal and career growth for interns. The people there are warm and friendly, and I felt like a part of the team.

    Cons

    The intern project was out of scope and I had little to no management. I was divided from my intern peers and I had limited access to resources that could help me. I felt as though while the experience I gained in overseeing my project was valuable, it wasn't the kind of technical growth I was looking for. The limited exposure I had to other departments felt stifling. I also am not a fan of the traditional cubicle setting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Final Assembly Supervisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Final Assembly Supervisor in Stratford, CT
    Former Employee - Final Assembly Supervisor in Stratford, CT

    I worked at Sikorsky full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Benfits, Great pay, Good people.

    Cons

    Goverment Controlled, union sucks. Hr does not support Supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take back the floor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Let your career hover at Sikorsky!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sikorsky full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great place to start as Sikorsky looks good on any resume.

    Their Employee Scholar Program is a great way to get your masters degree and they will pay for it!

    Week 52 is closed for factory shut down, so essentially another week of vacation.

    Can move around departments and UTC to advanced your career and get a change of pace. You'll need to do this if you ever want to earn more $.

    Decent medical benefits, dental was just OK.

    Some really cool products and undoubtedly make the best helicopter available.

    Cons

    When you take a job here, make sure to negotiate your salary really high as UTC rarely gives out raises. Expect a raise and review every 18 months and the pay bump to be about 0 - 2 % increase. Most people will end up leaving as their pay is no longer in the competitive market.

    Union runs the company and there is a great "us vs them" mentality. If you do anything with the union, expect a few "tunbacks" or grievances issued against you. UTC as a whole needs to review this toxic relationship.

    Layoffs a plenty - estimate one per year. HR and the company never seem to have a correct amount of workers but it seems overtime is always given out.

    Advancement is not realistic here. Expect to work in your role for 7 - 10 years before being considered for a promotion.

    Nepotism is common. Expect to see departments where 5 people all have the same surname and treat their department like some secret society. Thus, like the other reviews, and "old boys" club is clear and present here. That being said, Sikorsky seemed to be hyper focused on hiring minorities for all managerial jobs without looking at qualifications.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to create foundation in Industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Design Intern in Stratford, CT
    Current Intern - Design Intern in Stratford, CT

    I have been working at Sikorsky as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    excellent graduate education program
    great starting salary (average)
    all engineers willing to provide assistance in time of need

    Cons

    long process to increase salary
    long process to "move up" in organizational chart

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value the work of your worker(s) much more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    discuraging place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mfg Engineer in Stratford, CT
    Current Employee - Mfg Engineer in Stratford, CT

    I have been working at Sikorsky full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    pays ok.. coworkers are great, enviroment can be negative often times

    Cons

    management is horrible and they keep adding layers of management because someones son or daughter needs a job!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent stepping stone for your next career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Engineer in West Palm Beach, FL

    I have been working at Sikorsky full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The employee tuition reimbursement has got to be the best in the industry, if not the best available. UTC, Sikorsky's mother company, has an outstanding arrangement to help anyone better themselves through continued education. They pay 100% of college costs (with exception of a few caveats on the details). Compensation is roughly abreast with the industry normal (see cons) and the benefits package is not terrible.

    Cons

    Get the money up front because you will never get it later. Annual raises are a harsh slap in the face compared to how well the company is doing. They have more excuses for NOT giving you an "adequate" raise than Elvis had hits. You will struggle to keep up with inflation in that regard.

    As far as personal growth is concerned, if you are not participating in the employee tuition reimbursement program, you will not be getting anything. There is a possibility of moving up in the company but it is as common as winning the lottery. You can transfer laterally all day long and sometimes get a raise that way (maybe to the likes of 8% if you're lucky) but other than that expect to transfer out rather than up.

    If you are one of the lottery winners and get selected for a advancement, remember moving up in the company is not always considered a promotion. It depends heavily on where you move to and which department you came from. On that note, the company is very departmentalized in that the multiple departments simply do not communicate with one another. Often times you will wonder how things get done because different entities within the company are so foreign you would never know they were all from within the same organization.

    Best of luck! You are going to need it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee engagement is not giving out pizza or the occasional catered lunch. Employee engagement means getting your employee's thoughts on current items the company is facing. Stop telling the employees they do not know what they are talking about; they will only be as good as you expect them to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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